Osteoporosis Research, Prevention Steps Outlined By NIH Panel
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A National Institutes of Health draft consensus statement points to the "urgent need" for future study of combination therapy, including dietary supplements, for osteoporosis.
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Better dose-response data are required for determining the lowest levels of calcium and vitamin D supplements needed to prevent and treat osteoporosis and to examine interactions between the nutrients and estrogen, the Institute of Medicine advises.
CALCIUM/VITAMIN D REDUCES BONE LOSS, FRACTURES IN OLDER PATIENTS, a three-year study by Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, et al., Tufts University, concludes. Published in the Sept. 4 New England Journal of Medicine, the research shows that among 176 men and 213 women ages 65 and older and living at home, "dietary supplementation with calcium and vitamin D moderately reduced bone loss measured in the femoral neck, spine, and total body over the three-year study period and reduced the incidence of nonvertebral fractures," Dawson-Hughes and colleagues state. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging under its Sites Testing Osteoporosis Prevention/Intervention Treatments (STOP/IT) initiative.
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